Before I Let Go

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I was not a fan of this book. It was cliche and uncreative. I also didn't like how she used LGBTQ topics. I'm all for equality, especially in literature, but not the way the author used it.
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This is a story about two girls who live in the small Alaskan village of Lost Creek, Corey and Kyra. They have been best friends all growing up. Kyra is an outcast in the town which makes her friendship to Corey even more special to her. When Corey gets accepted to college and moves away Kyra makes her promise that she'll stay in contact and come back for her. Corey does, but life gets in the way and she returns fewer letters than she wants. A couple days before Corey is scheduled to go back she gets a call telling her that Kyra was found, deceased, under the ice in a local pond. That doesn't make any sense to Corey. They grew up around and on that pond. Corey goes back to Lost Creek, AK to say her goodbye and to try to understand.  It was a real page turner for me. I was trying to figure out if it was accident, suicide, murder or even something magical. However, I was so disappointed with the ending. I felt like there were just so many unanswered questions. Questions that arose during the story but never resolved.
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I have been on the hunt for the next great YA book, but unfortunately, this wasn't it for me.  I didn't hate it, I didn't love it.  The plot was an interesting idea and centered around the following ideas: bipolar, friendship, suicide, family, and loss.  It took place in Alaska which is one of the reasons I chose the book.

Cory had to move away from her best friend, Kyra.  Cory always promised to return, but right before her planned visit, Kyra was found dead under the ice in the lake.  The townspeople didn't understand Kyra's strange ways and considered her an outcast for most of her life.  Cory set out to learn if Kyra really did commit suicide or was she murdered by someone in the town?  She knew the people in town were hiding something, and she wasn't leaving until she figured it out.  

I gave this book three stars.  I wanted to know what happened, so I stuck with it, but I could have easily skipped to the end of the book to learn why Kyra died.  I personally wouldn't recommend it to my middle school students, but I have a feeling that there are kids out there who would like this sort of book.
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Instead of the reunion they had planned, Corey returned to Lost, Alaska, where she had lived her entire life until 7 months ago when she moved away, to attend her best friend Kyra's funeral.  When she tries to investigate her friend's bizarre death, she finds that the entire town now considers Kyra to have been a prophet and they turn against Corey so she doesn't find out and expose the truth.
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This book was simply okay for me. I loved how the story kept me guessing and seeking answers but the writing style just wasn’t my taste.
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I had a hard time getting into this book, it was interesting as first, but as the book went on, the plot just kind of got away from me.
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Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with the opportunity to read and review this book.

My middle school students love this author, so I was excited to read this book. (I’d still like to try This Is Where It Ends.)

At the risk of spoilers, I need to say that NOTHING ACTUALLY HAPPENED in this book. There was no plot progression-- I could have shuffled the pages into a completely random order and it would have been just about the same story. I am all for self-discovery, coming-of-age stories, but this one just didn’t work for me. There were attempts at mystery and intrigue, but nothing was ever revealed to justify those hints.

I will say that the setting was pretty cool, and added to the sense of mystery. But honestly, I’m not even sure you could classify this as a mystery because, well, nothing is discovered.

This book would be appropriate for my 8th grade students, and some might enjoy the mysterious qualities of the story.
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I'm sad to say, that this one wasn't a hit for me.  Let me put a few things out there to start --
*I received a free e-galley of this book from the publisher before publication, but am just now reading it.
*I read this one on audio and did not use the e-copy.
*I am 35 and not YA, so obviously not the intended audience.

This is a paranormal (at least a touch of paranormal) YA suspense.  I didn't connect with any of the characters and found the paranormal aspects a bit odd.  I felt a bit confused as to where this one was going - just stick to paranormal or not...but this was somewhere in between.  I found all of the characters a bit wishy-washy and just strange.  People don't act like this, even angsty teenagers.  Adults don't act like this.  Small towns (even small towns in Alaska!) don't act this way.  Whatever, I finished and the ending wasn't stellar or disappointing really, just an ending.  This might be a hit for some YA readers, but it wasn't a hit for me, unfortunately.  Nothing really WRONG with it, just nothing right for me as a reader.
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I am unsure how I feel about Before I Let Go. I felt invested going in but in the end I just feel like this book is average. It felt cliche and after awhile I got bored. This book was compared to so many big titles that I was underwhelmed.
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Initially I was hooked and intrigued about this story, however I felt like I was confused most of the time and the suspense was killed by the pacing and repetitive nature of the storyline and writing. Unfortunately, this did not mesh with me as much as I would've liked. I do not understand why some of the characters were written in a script format either...
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This story wasn't for me.  The premise was odd and while I can appreciate what the author wanted to do, I felt that it was stilted and the characters were not likable or even worthy of note.
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I was really into this book at the beginning. It had an interesting plot and I liked the two main characters, Corey and Kyra, but somewhere near the middle of the book it just got too weird. And once it got weird, I had major issues staying interested in what happened.
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I read this entire book today (my birthday, by the way) and I really enjoyed it! It was a bit dark and there was a good mystery to it. I found myself wondering (more than once) what was actual going on in this little town. I love when a book makes me question myself.
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This book by Marieke Nijkamp had a very strong start. It was intriguing. It didn't hold my interest as it progressed, but still was ok.
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Before I Let Go is a brilliant story of friendship and grief. Corey returns to her old home town after her best friend Kyra dies, but what she finds there is not at all what she is expecting. the community there is interesting and the gradual reveal of what happened to Kyra is both fascinating and horrifying. This book was not at all what I expected it to be, but it was a wonderful surprise and I very much enjoyed reading it.
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Not the most interesting book I read lately. The writing style was a bit heavy-handed for me.  Perhaps I was just in need of lighter fare or perhaps the trailer was a bit misleading.  In any event the novel wasn't really what I expected, but it did keep my attention until the end.
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I wasn't entirely sure what to expect from this book to be honest. I read Marieke Nijkamp's other book, This Is Where It Ends, and was beside myself about how good it was. When I saw that she had a new book out, I immediately requested it. I am saddened to say that Before I Let Go disappointed me. I know that I shouldn't ever compare books, but I loved this author's other book, so I thought it was going to be great. 

The first thing that bothered me about this book was the characters. The characters had me begging to have something more to them...some type of development or backstory, but I didn't get my wish. Corey, the main character, seemed to be the one that had the most interesting factors, but I can't even say I enjoyed it fully because it was a back-and-forth blame game the entire novel. Owning up to mistakes is an important lesson that can be taught through a novel, but this was overly done throughout Before I Let Go. 

I feel as though the story and the mystery of this novel was under developed as well. I kept reading and reading, waiting for something to be given to me, and eventually it was. However, I feel like the excitement was not there for me because of the slow-burn buildup about how it was the fault of the town relating to the death of Corey's best friend Kyra. 

Overall, it was definitely not a book for me. I read other reviews and still gave it a shot, and it is safe to say that I was pretty disappointed.
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This was a DNF for me. I read the authors first book and was horrified but also riveted. In this one, i just could not connect with the characters or the story. I tried going back to our multiple times but found myself putting it back down quickly.
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I wasn’t sure about this book at first since I wasn’t a fan of This Is Where It Ends. However, I was in the edge of my seat and flew through this book in 2 sittings. The characters were believable and the story was gripping.
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I was really excited to read this book but it fell far from my expectations. It moved slowly and the ending...well, the ending was just not what I was hoping for. Not my favorite read this year.
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